Smithsonian Associates Announces 2024 Dates for “Smithsonian Sleepovers”

Six Overnight Adventures Await Children at the Natural Museum of Natural History
May 10, 2024
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Smithsonian Associates will present overnight experiences for children and their adult chaperones this summer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History at 10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W. After the crowds have gone and the doors are closed, one of the world’s most visited museums invites families to discover and immerse themselves in the wonders of the natural world. “Smithsonian Sleepovers” will be held Fridays, June 14, June 28 and Aug. 2, and Saturdays, July 13, July 27 and Aug. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 a.m. the next morning.

Kids and their adult chaperones will join fellow adventurers as they explore a unique Smithsonian experience. As they wander through the museum’s galleries, brushed by giant shadows cast by dinosaurs, they will explore the Earth’s past, discover the ocean’s aquatic wonders, blast off to the moon, visit pollinators and walk softly past mysterious animals. Participants move along guided by the fun and challenging “Game of Survival” filled with activities to complete, from making an underwater fossil to building a dinosaur—and even learning how to eat like one.

This event is designed for children ages 8 to 14. There must be one adult for every five children in any group that registers. Chaperones must be 21 or older. No adults without children. All participants must pre-register.

Ticket prices for Smithsonian Sleepovers are $150. The price includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, interactive exploration and an individually wrapped snack. Reduced rates are available for groups of 10 people or more.

For nearly 60 years, Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum-based education program in the world—has produced vibrant educational and cultural programming that brings the Smithsonian to life. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions, nearly 1,000 public programs spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages each year.

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